Craig Ferguson: Making a statement with the ‘grumpy political edition of the show’

Craig Ferguson was in fine form on Wednesday’s edition of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

He’s never better than when he’s fired up about some great big only-in-America topic, and tonight he was just that — worked up about the state of the presidential horse race and the media coverage of it hath wrought.

Ferguson was so worked up his rant spilled over from the monologue into the first post-commercial segment. There were jokes squeezed in here and there, but you can see it in his eyes — this newly minted U.S. citizen is seriously upset about the state of the discourse in the campaign and how much of a turn-off it is for so many eligible voters.

Do you know what bothers me is every election year you get the voter registration drives aimed at the young people. “Rock the Vote” or “The Vote is Crackalackin” or “Think the Vote,” “Music the Vote,” “The Vote, The Vote, The Vote!”

Are we so lost we have to be sold our own democratic right? What the hell is wrong with us?  What is going on? We have to sexy-up the vote for young people?  …

Listen, here is what I am saying to you, if you don’t vote, you’re moron. “Not voting is a vote” – no it isn’t!! Not voting is just being stupid.

Voting is not sexy.  Voting is not hip. It is not fashionable.  It is not a movie.  It is not a videogame, all the kids are doing it. Frankly, voting is a pain in the ass. But here is a word, look it up, it’s your duty to vote!

The foundation in this democracy is based on free people making free choices. So young people if you can’t take your hand out of your bag of Cheetos long enough to fill out a form, then you can’t complain when we wind up with President Sanjaya.

I agree with almost everything he had to say — save for a bit of blanket media bashing that I can’t subscribe to  — but his underlying point was something that anyone who cares about this country can get behind. Get out and vote. No excuses, just make up your mind and vote on Nov. 4.

Ferguson pushed this point so hard on what he called “the grumpy political edition of the show” that held up a voter registration card on air and promised to give one to every member of the studio audience on their way out of the door.

It is kinda your IQ form on whether you can vote. All you have to do is fill in some pretty tough questions – names, address, when you were born, telephone – if you have a phone.

You can put, “I decline to state a political party.” I would do that if I were you, you know why? Just to be ornery. And then you just sign it and send it away and you get to be a part of the democracy that we live in….What I am saying is, please do me the honor of being my fellow Americans and vote.

With an invitation like this, from a charming Scotsman who is head over heels in love with his adopted home, how could anyone say no?

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  1. humanist says:

    Good show, Mr. Ferguson, very funny.
    However, the “stop whining and vote” sequence was, in my opinion, a little misdirected. A little too much blaming the victims. Who was it who said “Those who have put out the people’s eyes rebuke them for their blindness”?
    Politicians, corporate bosses, media celebrities and even campaign organizer complain bitterly about people not voting.
    Well, take a look at their choices some time. I’m writing this from the opposite side of the Presidential so-called “debates.” Anybody else watch those? What a load of bull … (no, I’m not going to say it)
    You start to question “exactly how free am I if the only real choice I have is which of these two jerks is going to boss the country around for the next four years”? (Not many people seriously expect any of the third parties to break through, it seems.)
    I, personally, do think it’s important to vote, because usually one candidate sucks somewhat less than the other. That’s certainly the case in this election. And yeah, I think it’s kinda stupid not to vote, because you can at least throw your support behind the least awful choice.
    Then again, voting in itself is like throwing your support behind this fundamentally flawed system. It’s like saying you actively support the system, instead merely going along with it because even though it’s rigged, it’s the only game in town. So I can’t really blame people for deciding not to play.

  2. Emperor says:

    Using humor to deliver a very important message. I like that he didn’t say who to vote for.

  3. Dave Kendricks says:

    My favorite part was when he said celebrities should shut-up. That’s exactly what I was thinking when I was listening to him. He apparently missed the election of 2000 when the candidate with the most votes did not become the president.

  4. R Brown says:

    What a refreshing program! Mr. Ferguson said what needed to be said. Everything he said applies in Canada as well. Especially about the media. No longer does the media report the news… they latch on to something and place an editorial spin and their personal slant.
    I felt that Craig Ferguson spoke from the heart and spoke the truths that many of us are reluctant to say ourselves. I felt that it was non-partisan and applies to all political parties. I hope that enough rational people will heed his words.
    Good Job

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